Saturday, September 18, 2010
STANDING UP FOR OUR RIGHT TO DRINK FRESH RAW MILK
Alice Jongerden (right) with Michael Schmidt, Elise and their son, during a visit in May to Schmidt's Glencolton Farms in Durham, Ontario. Schmidt has now taken over operation of Jongerden's Home on the Range dairy in Chilliwack while Alice faces contempt of court charges brought by Fraser Health.
The following article can be found in it's entirety at
Prominent Ontario Raw Milk Advocate Takes Over Chilliwack Dairy
By Paul J. Henderson, THE TIMES
Ontario dairy farmer Michel Schmidt has taken over Chilliwack's Home on the Range raw milk dairy so the flow of milk can continue to hundreds of members of the co-operative.
Fraser Health has been trying to shut down Home on the Range for more than two years and on Tuesday succeeded in forcing the cowshare operator Alice Jongerden to officially resign as part of a court-ordered condition.
Jongerden was in court in New Westminster Tuesday facing civil contempt of court charges brought by Fraser Health for continuing the milk production and distribution after being issued cease and desist orders.
She asked for an adjournment, something the judge agreed to under the condition that there would be no further production or distribution. She then stepped down and Schmidt told the Times Friday that cowshare members are on the farm to milk the cows.
"Alice is completely out now," he said over the phone from Ontario. "I'm at the moment basically managing it from here."
Schmidt said he will essentially run the dairy from his farm in Durham, On. He plans to come out for a visit later in September for two days. Schmidt has been consulting and supporting Home on the Range for a number of years.
Schmidt's own case made national and international headlines in January when he was acquitted of all 19 charges in Ontario court for doing essentially the same thing as Jongerden was doing in Chilliwack.
"I was acquitted in exactly the same situation as Home on the Range," he said. "People own the cows and we had a private arrangement just like Home on the Range." Read whole article here....
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